Lyrebird: master of mimicry

Australia, 1971

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Lyrebirds in Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. Shows the lyrebirds displaying their powers of mimicry - the sounds they emit are extremely varied and cover a large vocal range. Few animals call for such a long period. They imitate all the other birds of the forest, the whip bird, kookaburra, a flock of rosellas and many others. Also includes their own distinctive calls and dance.


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Educational Media Australia







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Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Animal behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Birds

Animals & Wildlife → Birds - Behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Lyrebirds

Animals & Wildlife → Zoology - Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Dandenong Ranges Region (Vic.)

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Places → Dandenong Ranges Region (Vic.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




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